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Chicken Charmoula with Chickpeas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 130 minutes
Servings: 8

The Moroccan sauce known as charmoula, a savory blend of tomato puree, olive oil, lemon and spices, is used for preparing tagines as well as for braising poultry and other meats. Our sauce was created by Moroccan-born chef Mourad Lahlou, owner of San Francisco’s award-winning Aziza restaurant.


  • 1 Tbs. canola oil
  • 4 whole chicken legs
  • Kosher salt, to taste 
  • 1 jar (21 oz.) Mourad’s spiced tomato and herb braising sauce
  • 1 can (14 oz.) chickpeas, drained 
  • Steamed couscous for serving


In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Season the chicken legs with salt. Working in batches, brown the chicken on both sides, about 10 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate.

Add the braising sauce to the pot and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pot, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the chicken is fork-tender, about 2 hours. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the chickpeas. Skim the excess fat off the sauce. Serve the chicken and sauce with steamed couscous. Serves 6 to 8.

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